Africa urged to test more as coronavirus cases exceed 500,000

first_imgNkengasong said it was inevitable that as cases rise, hospitals will become overwhelmed.”That is something that is happening already. We will continue to see it as the pandemic expands,” he added.Although many have also started gradually easing lockdowns to reopen hard-hit economies, governments are conscious that opening up too quickly could lead to a spike in new cases.The African Union Commission said on Thursday it had launched a consortium for vaccine clinical trials to be headed by the Africa CDC, which aimed to secure more than 10 late stage vaccine clinical trials as early as possible.South Africa and Egypt are already running human trials for a potential vaccine.  African countries must carry out more coronavirus testing and make people use masks, a regional disease control body said on Thursday as cases topped half a million in the continent.New cases in Africa were up 24% over the past week, with data from governments and the World Health Organization showing it had 512,499 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11,930 deaths.”The pandemic is gaining full momentum,” John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told a virtual news briefing from Addis Ababa. Nkengasong said African countries, many of which do not have reliable data, must adopt an aggressive approach to encourage the wearing of face masks and ramp up testing and tracing.”This will save lives and save (the) economy.”Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Algeria account for 71% of infections on the continent, Nkengasong said.Some governments have been reluctant to acknowledge epidemics or to expose crumbling health systems to outside scrutiny, while others are either too poor or conflict-ridden to carry out significant testing.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Two Guyanese grab silver and bronze at World Masters Games in NZ

first_imgGUYANESE cyclist Aubrey Gordon, a three-time Olympian, won silver and Cyril Hunte, another former national cyclist, got bronze at the World Masters Games on Saturday in Auckland, New Zealand.The road cycling criterium race, with 44 starters in the 60-64 male category, was won by American Joseph Cullinan and the trio clocked in at 36 minutes, 51 seconds.However, former national cycling coach and two-time Olympian, Victor Rutherford, who is based in Florida, was disappointed that one of them did not win gold.“They have planned and worked hard for over six months with the Masters in mind. Anyhow,with the road races scheduled for next Sunday, hopefully we will have the elusive gold,” Rutherford said on Saturday.Cyril Hunte, who is based in California, is the brother of former national champion,Neville Hunte. Cycling fans would recall that Cyril Hunte was once a fierce competitor here alongside national stars of yesteryear like Aubrey Gordon, Randolph ‘Randy’ Toussaint, Errol McClean and Joelyn Joseph.Last year after the US National Championships, Gordon and Hunte set their eyes on the World Masters Games and plans were put in place .Rutherfod said that Hunte had a really good build up, placing and winning in many events prior to leaving for New Zealand. However, Gordon, now considered to be the ‘Shivnarine Chanderpaul’ of cycling, was hampered somewhat by job commitment and weather.Gordon was a gold medalist at the 2009 UCI World Masters Criterium Road Race in Sydney, Australia in the men’s 50-54 years age category. He represented Guyana at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics.last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $290,854 INTO FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.     ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2020)–With no single ticket winner on Sunday, there is a carryover of $290,854 in Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot into Friday.There was a carryover of $250,631 coming into Sunday, and with $175,679 in new money wagered, Sunday’s total Jackpot pool reached $426,310.Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 327 consolation tickets with six, each returning $287.50.Entries for Friday’s races will be taken on Tuesday, with first post time scheduled Friday at 1 p.m. Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday, with the Grandstand Paddock Room opening at 10 a.m. Free parking and admission is offered on all weekdays.For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more